Storm debris removal could take months in North Texas. See map of collection schedule

After a couple of weeks of heavy storms in North Texas, the aftermath could take weeks to clean up.

In a statement from the city of Dallas, officials said storm debris collection could take 60 days.

Here’s what we know about the city’s sanitation plan.

When is storm debris collection for Dallas residents?

The Department of Sanitation, with assistance from contractor crews, will be clearing debris set out at the curb daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Sunday, according to Dallas City Hall.  There is heavy debris citywide, so it is estimated that cleanup may take at least 60 days to complete.

What are the debris placement guidelines?

There are four phases that the city wants Dallas residents and surrounding areas to follow.

  1. Sanitation will collect up to 20 cubic yards of debris at no additional charge. Debris over this limit is subject to an additional collection fee of $60 per 5 cubic yards, billed in 5 cubic yard increments.

  2. Keep all vehicles at least 20 feet away from storm-related debris piles between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. to allow for passage of equipment to remove material.

  3. Avoid placing debris where it blocks sidewalks, driveways, or pedestrian pathways. Place debris just behind the curb, outside of travel lanes, away from drainage ditches, and from obstructions such as mailboxes, fences, sprinkler heads, fire hydrants and water/gas meters.

  4. Cut large branches and limbs into manageable lengths, no longer than 10 feet and no wider than 12 inches in diameter. Crews may not be able to collect oversize debris. An Orange Tag notice will be left on any materials that cannot be collected.

Where are sanitation crews collecting debris?

Here is a map of where sanitation crews are currently collecting debris.

  • Completed areas are marked in gray.

  • Current areas are marked red.

  • Next areas are marked orange.

  • After is marked purple, teal and peach.

See map: Brush collection area in Dallas

Storm debris collection plan
Storm debris collection plan

Is there a limit on the amount of debris people can set out?

Dallas Sanitation has temporarily increased the limit for storm debris collection from 10 cubic yards to 20 cubic yards. The adjustment aims to help residents manage the unexpected volume of debris. However, storm debris set out by a sanitation customer exceeding the 20 cubic yard limit during the initial citywide storm-debris collection pass through is subject to a collection fee of $60 per five cubic yards over the limit.

How should storm debris be placed at the curb?

Debris can be placed in two separate piles. One for vegetative debris like tree limbs and another for non-vegetative debris like building materials. Customers should make sure the debris is not blocking the street or sidewalk, does not obstruct drainage systems, and that all vehicles are kept at least 20 feet away from storm-related debris piles.

This article originally appeared on Austin American-Statesman: Dallas debris removal continues weeks after storms. See collection map